Chad’s Story

Site created on April 25, 2019

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Hello, my name is J.R. and I am Chad’s brother.  On April 3rd, 2019 Chad suffered a stroke in his spine.  He is paralyzed from the shoulders down.  Over the past 3 weeks he has been hospitalized, most recently at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.  Yesterday, he was transferred to the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Mpls.  

As of today, Chad has lost 43 lbs in the past 3 weeks.  He has a long, arduous and unknown road of recovery.  As his brother I know whole heartedly his determination and will to try and overcome every single obstacle that presents itself.  I marvel at his courage and strength and am so proud of his overall encouraging attitude.

I’d like to thank all of you in advance for any support you can provide to Chad.  He is a wonderful person.  I am incredibly honored and humbled to call him my brother.  Thank you all!

Newest Update

Journal entry by J.R. BROWN

Hello everyone - this is Chad's brother here to give you a status update on his current situation.  Chad has Idiopathic Transverse Myelitis.  Basically, his spine stopped sending messages to his brain and he is paralyzed from the shoulders down.      

In terms of Chad's overall physical challenges and general condition, nothing has changed.  He is still paralyzed from the shoulders down.  After nearly 4 months in various hospitals Chad recently moved back home.  Friends and family helped make his home handicap accessible to the best of their ability.

Recently, Chad purchased a handicap accessible van.  He is currently not capable of driving it himself.  However, friends and family can in order to help get him out of the house and to various appointments.  Earlier this week he went to the State Fair with some family members.

Chad wanted me to thank everyone for all their love, well wishes, help and support.  He is very grateful to all of you.

For those of you who may not know there is a GoFundMe site setup for Chad.  It's there to help raise funds for his ongoing health related challenges and personal care.  To learn more about how you can help and donate you can visit his site -

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